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US general has a question for Google: Why will you work with China but not us?

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to testify before Congress next week, and he’ll potentially face questions on a number of thorny issues ranging from perceived search engine bias to Google’s interest in developing a search engine for use in China that would be heavily censored there.

To that latter point, a top US general went public today with what sounds like a pretty reasonable question for the tech giant. It boiled down to, essentially, why are you guys willing to work with China, but have such a problem working with your own country’s military?

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She Says Michelle Obama’s Right, ‘Lean In’ Doesn’t Work All The Time, Especially For Black Women

Recently, Michelle Obama criticized Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean in” approach for women to advance in the workplace, saying “that s–t doesn’t work all the time.” But the former first lady isn’t the only one who has challenged Sandberg’s commonly referenced business motto, which puts the responsibility solely on women to take ownership of their career without mentioning the systemic barriers for women of color in the workplace.

Earlier this year, during an interview with Fast Company, Minda Harts, the founder of The Memo, dismantled a few career strategies from Sandberg’s New York Times best-seller.

“Lean In was well-intentioned and opened up the conversation, but, you cannot effectively talk about leaning in for black or brown women without discussing the role that race plays and the barriers to even enter the room for a seat at the table,” said Harts. “Lean In didn’t talk about race and it was written from a white-privileged women’s perspective for predominately other white women. One size doesn’t fit all.”

Black and Brown Women Still Vie for Equal Footing 

For over three years, Harts has lead the charge to help women of color secure the seat while challenging companies to acknowledge their systemic racism and how that plays into career advancement opportunities. “Many black and brown women are still trying to earn equal pay, access to good education and healthcare,” she said. “There are so many barriers in place. Lean In once again affirms that it’s up to us to change societal norms. Black and brown women have always been leaning in, so, what do you do when you lean into a system that doesn’t recognize you? That is where we are now. For women of color to get ahead, it will require intentional solutions from our employers.”

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Beyond highlighting problems, Harts is a solutions-driven career revolutionary who is using every possible platform to help women prepare for their seat at the table. Earlier this year, she endowed a scholarship at her undergraduate institution for first-generation women of color students and put it in her mother’s name to honor her. Along with her co-founder Lauren Broussard, she created The Memo, a career development platform that provides access to career boot camps, resources, and real-world career advice. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure “The Seat.”

To help drive real change within companies and organizations that want to invest in women of color, Harts recently created The Women of Color Equity Initiative. “I am tired of us consistently falling below 10% in most of those workplace statistics,” says Hart. “Hundreds of women of color want access to leadership opportunities and they’ve added their name to the WOC equity career-sourcing database. I’m also partnering with companies and organizations who want to intentionally hire women of color to fill open leadership roles.”

“Part of The WOC Equity Initiative is making sure a cultural shift takes place from the top down. This will require real systems change,” she continues. “This isn’t a ‘binder full of women,’ this is a partnership to create equity once they are hired and a roadmap to the C-suite. I don’t want a woman to get hired and she’s miserable because she’s the only one or dealing with microaggressions. We are too educated and experienced to let our expertise go dormant. I don’t want my sisters to lean out because companies won’t lean into them. We have worked too hard to lean out now.”

 

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What to Wear to Work From Home

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Everyone’s eyebrows shot up when The Wall Street Journal suggested that instead of sweatpants, you should be wearing proper office clothes to work from home. You may be wondering: what specifically does the WSJ say I should wear to work from home? Is it like comfortable workwear for late nights, the kind of stuff you wear when you suspect you’ll be stuck at the office for hours and hours past your usual quitting time? Comfortable magic pants for work that feel like pajamas but aren’t? Maybe, you think, it’s the kind of stuff that we here at Corporette have suggested you might consider wearing to work on the weekend if you’re supervising people — fleece blazers and jardigans and things. 

Um, no. This was what the WSJ suggests you wear to work from home, and Twitter had a field day with it

I kind of feel like the phrase “slacks” might apply. (Should we be wearing pantyhose under the slacks as well?) And I love that they show the purse in there — like you should be walking around your home with your purse so you can complete your look. Total dollar value of everything pictured there: $ 4,195. 

I mean… 

We’ve talked a lot about comfortable workwear, as well as how to set up the best home office and (over at CorporetteMoms) we’ve discussed mistakes to avoid when working from home. But we haven’t actually talked about what to wear to work from home, so let’s discuss. Readers who work from home all or most of the time — what do you wear to work from home? Readers who work from home sometimes, what do you wear to work from home? 

What I Wear to Work From Home on Solo Days

Even though we have a small team at Corporette (me, Kate, April at CorporetteMoms, and a few others for occasional/part-time work), we conduct almost all of our correspondence via Slack, email, or telephone — so it really doesn’t matter what I wear for anyone but myself. Personally, I don’t notice a huge difference in productivity if I’m “dressed” versus if I’m in, say, workout clothes. As I kind of got into in our discussion on makeup looks for different occasions, my work-from-home look has slightly shifted from when I worked from home occasionally to now, when I work from home all the time:  

When I only worked from home occasionally, this generally meant “no makeup.” When I started working from home all the time, though, I struggled with this a bit because I had read all this stuff about how if you’re working from home you should “get dressed as if you’re going into the office,” and it conflicted with my previous “no makeup” mentality. Even if I had successfully completed a workout, if it was just me, why should I put on makeup? It all came down to “who am I wearing makeup for anyway”? … What I’ve settled on lately for ease of application but a bit more polished than absolutely no makeup is sheer lipstick like a Chubby stick, blush, undereye concealer, waterproof eyeliner, and occasionally a liquid shadow. The routine takes me about two minutes, maybe less.

So “looking dressed” for me involves a 2-minute makeup routine and basically weekend wear in terms of clothes — jeans, cords, leggings-as-pants, maybe occasionally a super easy dress. Simple jewelry. No heels. (The only difference with my actual weekend wear is that, during the weekend itself when the kids and I are around each other all day, I may wear more easily washable stuff like fleece tops from Gibson (affiliate link) or actual sweatshirts.) My daily work from home look is a little bit more relaxed from my “business casual” look when I was a staff attorney at a non profit, but that’s only because my “business casual look” at the time was the more comfortable end of my “conservative law firm attire” — much of what I wear now, I would wear to a business casual office. 

What to Wear to Work From Home If You’re Video Conferencing, Supervising People At Home, Or More

I think these situations are entirely different cans of worms, and I’d love to hear from people who do it often. (I’ve actually been meaning to write a separate post about what to wear for video conferencing.) Some quick thoughts:

  • If your work from home includes videoconferencing, think about what will be visible in the video. I know a lot of women who wear “personality glasses” as a way of minimizing makeup needs, and that can include work from home purposes — if you have a big pair of Warby Parkers on and your hair in a bun or otherwise pulled back it’s an acceptably studious look. I always think a collar looks nice, so consider having a cardigan with a shawl collar, a comfortable blazer somewhere nearby to throw on before your videoconference, or even the crisp collar of a blouse. A simple necklace goes a long way towards framing your face or finishing your look. You also want to think about what will be on view behind you, of course — if you’re working from your bedroom, try to angle the camera so it’s not facing your bed or the huge pile of clothes on the chair that you keep meaning to hang up. (Just me?) 
  • If your work from home includes supervising others, consider a stricter interpretation of business casualFor example, I’ve heard of some lawyers who are either solo practitioners or the sole firm representative in their city, and they may work in their home with a paralegal or other assistant, either on a daily basis or an occasional basis. Every relationship is different, of course — these tend to be highly personal situations, after all! — but I would urge you to consider being on the more formal side of things. For example, instead of ripped skinny jean leggings or yoga pants, wear knit ponte pants like NYDJ or the beloved Eileen Fisher magic pants

Readers, over to you — what do you wear to work from home? Would you wear the WSJ’s outfit? Do you feel more productive if you’re dressed in business casual for the day? 

Just for kicks, here’s some of my preferred work from home attire recently…


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The Wall Street Journal recently suggested that if you work from home, you should wear slacks, loafers, and a $  3500+ purse. Say what? Even if you're in a really conservative field like law, consulting, or investment banking -- the kind of male-dominated fields where a business suit would be totally appropriate most days at the office -- we say NOPE. We listed our thoughts on what to wear to work from home, both if you're working by yourself, AS WELL AS what to wear to work from home if you're videoconferencing or using Zoom or Google Hangouts for meetings -- as well as what to wear to work from home if you happen to supervise someone else in your home, like a paralegal or assistant. What are YOUR thoughts on what to wear to work from home? Come share...

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Rasheeda Frost Brings Her Son Karter Frost To Work After Kirk Gets Slammed By Fan – Check Out The Photo With The Two Of Them

Rasheeda Frost brought her and Kirk’s son, Karter Frost to work. She shared a photo with the two of them on social media to show the little man to her fans and followers. Here’s the pic.

‘Look who came to work with mommy today ❤😍 @karter_frost said he wanted to chill wit mommy at Pressed today! & yes my Red Distressed Long Jacket & CR I’m A Star Bootie Available online & in-store! 😘’ Rasheeda captioned her photo.

One commenter said ‘Aww he looks just like his mommy there is nothing in the world like a mother and son bond.’

Another follower wrote ‘To Rasheeda the boss chick I hear u want to name the new building that u s and Kirk have I think it should be called rasheek Kay’s longe or kaysara for u the first one and the second one for Kirk’s name.’

It was recently reported that Rasheeda probably needs to come to rescue her man who got dragged and insulted by a so-called ‘fan’.

Not too long ago, a woman who goes by the name Egypt Angelina met Kirk Forst and decided to disrespect him.

The woman kept saying the following words in the video that she took of herself and Kirk:

‘Look at Kirk cheating a$ $ , Look at Kirk cheating a$ $ , look I am on him. As you all know by now, she was referring to the affair he had with Jasmine Washington — the mother of his son Kannon.

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‘I Had a Very Good Day at Work Today.’ Phenom Magnus Carlsen Wins World Chess Championship

Norwegian Magnus Carlsen has retained his World Chess Championship title, having beaten challenger Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in a best of four tiebreaker.

Wednesday’s decisive result came after all 12 of the pair’s classical games ended in draws — a result unprecedented in world championship history. In a tie break, players have just 25 minutes on their timers, with 10 seconds added on after every move. In classical games, each player begins with 100 minutes.

Carlsen, a 26-year-old who has been the highest ranked player in the world for eight consecutive years, seemed to have let Caruana off the hook in the last of the 12 classical games on Monday. In a strong position, he chose to offer Caruana, 26, a draw.

But Carlsen was ruthless on Wednesday, winning convincingly in front of a packed crowd in London. Over the last month, the pair have spent close to 50 hours, and played over 750 moves, in a small room in Holborn, London, separated from a deferential audience by a sheet of unidirectional, soundproof glass.

“I’m really happy. I felt like I had a very good day at work today,” Carlsen said following his victory.

The Norwegian, two years older than his rival, is the more animated of the combatants. He slouches, rolls his eyes, fidgets and scrunches his face up when things don’t go according to plan. Like an ace poker player, Caruana rarely gives much away; his eyes remain locked on the board, his hands tucked under his chin. At the end of the final tie break match, there were no wild celebrations or tears. It ended it as it began: with a handshake.

The 2018 World Chess Championship was the first title showdown between the world’s top ranked players since 1990, when Garry Kasparov beat Anatoly Karpov. Carlsen and Caruana are separated by just three ranking points; Carlsen on 2835 and Caruana just behind on 2832. But Carlsen is ranked number one in the world for fast-paced games; Caruana is ranked at number 18.

Having taken a two match lead, Carlsen needed just a draw in the third to seal his victory. When Caruana resigned, the championship went to the world’s number one. Caruana had been aiming to become the first American to win the championship since Bobby Fischer in 1972.

“Obviously I’m disappointed. The idea is to win world championships, not just play in them,” Caruana said during a press conference after the match.

Carlsen has now won all four world championship matches he has played in, having claimed the title for the first time in 2013. He will now hold the title for at least another two years. A grandmaster at just 13 years old, Carlsen is widely considered to be one of the game’s all-time greats.

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How to Change Your Name At Work

How to Change Your Name At Work

Ladies, what are your thoughts on how to change your name at work? If you changed your last name when you got married — or switched to a new name for any other reason, such as divorce — how did you let coworkers and other colleagues know? What did you do about your social media profiles? (And, if you already had a professional identity and then took your partner’s name, do you keep your maiden name on LinkedIn and Facebook even if you don’t use it?) Over at CorporetteMoms today, we’re sharing multiple stories regarding deciding on baby’s last name, so we thought it was a good opportunity to share some tips on how to change your name at work.

First, here are a couple of quick stats from several we shared in the CorporetteMoms post: Only 6% of U.S.-born, married women have “nonconventional surnames” — meaning they kept their name, hyphenated, or use two names, but about 20% of recently-married women have kept their surnames. In the post, you’ll also be able to read some thoughts from the CorporetteMoms writers (Kat, Kate & April), as well as one of Kat’s BFFs who really wanted her kids to have her last name. 

Psst: Here on the blog, we’ve talked about hyphenated names and email addressesgetting called the wrong name at work (and being assumed to be a certain gender because of your gender-neutral name), choosing whether to change your name when you get married, post-divorce name changes, using last names at work, and how to get rid of an old nickname

Here are some tips on how to change your name at work:

1. Send a brief mass email to coworkers and other professional contacts to tell them your new name and new email address. Make sure you’re sending it from your new address (or at least that your new address is the reply-to). Note whether your old email address will forward to your new one. If the forwarding will continue indefinitely, and you make the recipients aware of that, they may never feel obligated to change your details in their contacts and may just keep using your old email (and maybe, name) forever — so perhaps it’s best to be vague… Note: Before you get married, ask your IT department how much notice you’ll need to give to get a new email address and set up forwarding.

2. Change your email signature. Everyone should be familiar with the format “Firstname (Oldlastname) Newlastname,” at least for marriage name changes, and you should keep your signature looking like that for at least

3. Change your outgoing voice mail message and the recorded name you made for the phone directory. Check that your name is updated in any internal listings, too, such as as the company intranet.

4. Get a new business card and door/cubicle nameplate. Depending on the size of your company, it may take a while to get these changes made, so again, make sure to find out ahead of time how much lead time they need.

5. Update your LinkedIn profile and other social media accounts. For example, when you click to edit your LinkedIn profile, for example, you can click on “Add former name.” If you add your original last name, your profile will now read “Firstname (Oldlastname) Newlastname.” You can choose to have your name appear this way to (1) your connections, (2) your network (people up to three degrees away from you), or (3) all LinkedIn members. You should also change the URL for your LinkedIn profile.

6. Notify professional organizations and licensing boards. Tell other groups you belong to, as well, such as nonprofit boards, local committees, networking groups, alumni associations, and so on.

Don’t forget to fill out a new W4, etc., and make sure HR makes all the necessary changes on their end, too!

If you’ve changed your name because of marriage or any other reason, how did you tell colleagues? If you changed your name when you got married but worried about losing the professional reputation and identity you’d built with your old name, have you continued to use it in work-related settings?

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Flu Season and Protecting Yourself at Work: Separating Myth From Fact

Considering 2017 was the deadliest flu season in many years, you may want to think twice about skipping your flu shot. Radio personality JoJo O’Neal from HOT 99.5 in Orlando, Florida, never considered getting a flu shot because she’d never had the flu. And despite her chronic asthma, she considered herself healthy—working out regularly and even competing in several fitness competitions. But in 2018, O’Neal got the flu — not once, but twice. It also complicated her asthma, and she transmitted it to her sister who suffers from lung disease which seriously compromised her health as well.

AARP, an organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age, reports an estimated 70% of adults, ages 50-64, have one or more chronic illnesses. And according to the CDC, adults in the same age range had the second highest hospitalization rates for the flu last year. Like many other people O’Neal’s age, the flu is potentially dangerous for those who have other chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Yet African Americans and other minorities are among the least likely to get the shot, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Many people avoid the flu vaccine because there are a lot of myths or negative perceptions around it. This includes the belief that the flu vaccine causes the flu, has harmful ingredients, or because they rarely get sick, the vaccine is not needed. Black Enterprise asked Dr. Cedric Rutland, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Lung Association, to clear up a few myths and misconceptions about the flu vaccine and provide tips for dealing with flu in the workplace.

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Myth: Flu vaccination is only important for kids, pregnant women, and people who are really old. I’m healthy and rarely get sick, so I don’t need the vaccine.

Fact: I recommend the flu shot to all of my patients 6 months of age and older as the best way to protect them from the flu. This is incredibly important not only to protect you, but also those around you. One group who often doesn’t realize they are at higher risk is adults 50 years of age and older who feel good and healthy. But what they don’t realize is by the time they reach age 50, they’re much more likely to have one or more chronic health conditions (asthma, heart disease, diabetes) that can make the flu incredibly dangerous – leading to increased hospitalizations and even death. Everyone should get their annual flu shot.

Myth: The flu vaccine causes the flu.

Fact: The flu vaccines administered with a needle do not contain a live virus so they cannot give you the flu. The nasal spray flu vaccine does contain live viruses, but they are weakened, so they do not cause the flu.

What steps should employers take to address or prevent flu in the workplace?

The best way to protect yourself and your coworkers against the flu is to get your flu shot as early in the flu season as possible. You can also help stop the spread of germs by washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and stay home from work when you are sick to prevent infecting others.

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‘The Good Place’ Creator Mike Schur on the ‘Next Phase’ of the Show and Why He’d Still Work With Aziz Ansari

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The Good Place creator Mike Schur and his team of writers think a lot about how to live a good life: what we owe to one another, why our decisions matter, how to be selfless or kind. Season three of the sci-fi-inflected fantastical sitcom—line for line, among the sharpest on television—reinvented itself yet again to acknowledge the pitfalls inherent in trying. Bettering oneself is daily, soul-crushing work, it turns out, with no guarantee of eternal reward. Or, if you’re named Doug Forcett, the idea of that reward is its own special torture.

The Calgary-residing Good Place all-timer, the man who’s come closest to guessing what the afterlife really looks like (his mushroom-induced vision was “92 percent correct,” according to Michael) lives like a wretch in service to the points system. He lets a neighborhood teen bully him, “as long as it makes him happy.” He drinks his own re-processed urine to cut down on waste. Where Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Jason (Manny Jacinto), and Chidi (William Jackson Harper) now understand that they are doomed and aim to help others get into the Good Place instead, Doug’s masochistic existence on Earth is already hell.

“Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By”—the title of Thursday’s episode, and solid advice for poor Doug—highlights more clearly than ever how broken the afterlife’s points system is, and sets up what Schur calls an exciting “next phase” of the show. The prolific writer and producer behind some of TV’s warmest, most re-watchable broadcast sitcoms (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Office) broke down the events of Season 3 so far, hinted at what’s to come as the group dies (again) and departs Earth, and thoughtfully weighed the implications of working with a friend, Parks and Rec star Aziz Ansari, in a conversation with The Daily Beast.

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‘The Cleaners’ shows the terrors human content moderators face at work

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“Out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t work when cleaning out the darkest corners of social media platforms. 

That’s what the documentary The Cleaners, which airs Monday night on PBS, reveals about content moderators in the Philippines who are relentlessly bombarded with violent, graphic, and disturbing images and videos. Ahead of the TV release at a San Francisco screening, the filmmakers Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck praised the subjects in the documentary for being “brave enough to talk to us.”

Manila has become a de facto headquarters for content moderation for some of the biggest social media and content services like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google, Twitter, and others. But outsourcing the harmful work doesn’t eliminate the problem. Read more…

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Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced on Saturday that three statewide races in Florida would head to a recount.


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Facebook got through the midterms mostly unscathed, although it’s still got lots of work ahead

After failing to recognize and stop the threat of fake news before the 2016 U.S. elections, Facebook ramped up its efforts to curtain harmful content on its services. So far, Facebook's efforts appear to be working. 
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Work Report 2018 – For Now, It’s An Employee’s Market

FRIDAY SAW THE RELEASE OF THE OCTOBER JOBS REPORT. WHAT WAS IN IT?

Overall, Friday’s jobs report contained really positive news. According to the Labor Department, the economy added 250,000 jobs in October. That did not change the unemployment rate, which held steady at 3.7%, tied with the lowest rate December 1969.

But most importantly, we saw strong wage growth and labor market participation figures, which tell us that more Americans are finally seeing better numbers on their paychecks. Wages increased 3.1% from a year earlier, the best year-over-year gain for average hourly earnings since 2009.

And the percentage of prime-working-age adults — those between 25 and 54 — rose to 79.7 percent, up from 79.3 percent in September. However, there is still room for growth here, as that figure was 80.3 percent in January 2007 and 81.9 percent in April 2000.

WHY ARE WAGES RISING?

This is primarily a story about the labor market. With relatively few unemployed Americans looking for work, to secure access to qualified employees, companies are increasingly having to raise wages to attract workers away from other employers. That has been the case the past few years for higher skilled jobs such as engineers or technology workers, but now we are seeing the same thing play out for lower-wage jobs

HOW DOES THIS WAGE GROWTH COMPARE TO PRE-RECESSION LEVELS?

While it is undoubtedly good news compared to the past decade, in historical terms wage growth remains soft given the strength of the economy and the tight labor market. In the early 2000s and late 1960s, wages were growing at 4% or better year over year. However, part of this may be tied to worker productivity, which was growing faster during those periods, and is often a factor in wage growth rates.

CAN WE EXPECT WAGE GROWTH TO CONTINUE?

Based on what we know about the tight labor market and the fundamentals of the economy, it seems likely we will continue to see wages grow. What we do not know is if growth will continue to be significantly higher than inflation in order for Americans to see real gains in purchasing power.

For example, if workers who have sat on the sidelines continue to look for jobs and push labor market participation higher, wage growth could slow. If worker productivity increases, wage growth could pick up. We will have to wait and see.

WHAT ONGOING EFFECTS DO RISING WAGES HAVE ON THE ECONOMY?

Higher wage growth will have a ripple effect across the economy. These job and wage numbers mean we are likely to see consumers continue to spend money. U.S. consumer spending rose for a seventh straight month in September.

That is good news for the economy as a whole. However, wage growth could dampen investor optimism and impact the markets.  Higher wages mean increased labor costs for companies and will certainly revive concerns the Fed will continue to hike interest rates, making borrowing more expensive for companies and individuals alike.


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Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and retirement plans through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. Additionally, she is a regular financial contributor and analyst for CBS News.

 

 

 

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The Hunt: Great Cashmere Sweaters for Work

Great Cashmere Sweaters for Work

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

So we haven’t talked about affordable cashmere for work in a while — let’s discuss! I was intrigued, upon looking around at the stores, how many “weekend” options for cashmere there are. Hoodies! Boyfriend sweaters! Ponchos! Duster cardigans! If you want more of a classic, sleek look to wear with beneath blazers or on top of blouses (or both!), it can be a bit tricky to find them in stores right now. So we rounded up some favorites! Ladies, what sweaters are you reaching for the most on chilly mornings? Have you bought anything in years past that you still love — or have you bought anything recently that was a great find?

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great cashmere sweaters for work - Uniqlo

Pictured above: Uniqlo is always a great spot to check for affordable cashmere sweaters for work — they’re warm, classic, and come in a zillion colors. (Pro tip: check out Uniqlo’s Heattech line if you’re looking for a lot of warm options, especially for commuting clothes!) The red V-neck pictured above is $ 79.90, comes in __ colors; the brand has similar options in a turtleneck, crewneck, and cardigan.

great cashmere sweaters for work - Inhabit

This sweater may look basic, but don’t be surprised if it’s one of the softest cashmeres you’ve felt — I was thrilled to find several Inhabit sweaters at Nordstrom Rack. The pictured sweater (above) comes in black in sizes XS-L for $ 79 (originally $ 368!).

great cashmere sweaters for work - HalogenThis Halogen sweater is only $ 89 and has close to 500 super positive reviews at Nordstrom. I love how simple it is — it’s very easy to throw on beneath a blazer, add a statement necklace on top or a dickey beneath it (or an actual blouse!), and wear it to work. It comes in 8 colors, regular and petite sizes, XXSP-XL. The brand has a ton of more casual cashmere options as well.

great cashmere sweaters for work - jcrew

For $ 99+, J.Crew has a ton of great “everyday” cashmere sweaters. (Sadly, they are all excluded from the 40% off promo happening today!) The sweaters are available in sizes XXS-3X, which is great; the pictured crewneck comes in 23 (!) colors. They’ve also got a great everyday cashmere turtleneck. (To discuss: are turtlenecks “back” in style or have I just not noticed how many there were in recent years? I’ve always thought they’re a great basic look — certainly great background for a brooch or two! — but they felt like they were rarer in years past.)

great cashmere sweaters for work - Everlane

I often get asked about Everlane, and I will say that I’ve always been happy with their cashmere and merino sweaters — everything I’ve had has been great quality, and felt like a very current but classic take (so, for example, the longer cuffs here feel very au courant but the sweater itself is classic — not a ruffle in sight, thank goodness, and it’s a polished enough look that you can wear it to work or on the weekend.) The pictured sweater is $ 100, comes in 18 sizes (including some fun stripey options), in sizes XS-XL.

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How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. But contrary to popular belief, not all conflict is bad. Sometimes when we embrace difficult conversations at work, it’s an opportunity to grow, innovate, and even strengthen your relationships with your colleagues. One of the most important things on how to handle difficult conversations at work is remembering the power of taking a pause before you react or respond to a situation. Ultimately, you can’t control how people react, but you always have the power to choose your response.

Dealing with Difficult Conversations at Work

Friendly reminder — not everything deserves a reaction or even a response. You can either step into conflict or step away from it; the choice is always yours. Embracing your power of pause also enables you to:

-Take a few deep breaths or walk away from the situation.

– Refrain from judgment and do a quick self-check.

-Gather your thoughts so you can ask a few clarifying questions.

-Consider the other person’s perspectives or objectives.

Think Conversation, Not Confrontation. 

Once you decide that a discussion is needed, here are a few tips to help you prepare for a difficult conversation:

Silence the noise, get rid of distractions and do a quick self-check on the story you are telling yourself.

At any given moment, we have a gazillion stories going on in our head — especially when we’re in the middle of a conflict. The biggest mistake we make is reacting off of a story we’ve told ourselves about a person or situation. Many times, we’re assuming, overthinking, and even playing out scenarios that may be true or false.   

Seek facts before feelings.

Ask yourself:

-What evidence do I have to support this story?

-Are you feeding the stories in your head based off of your past experiences? What else it could it be? Self-awareness is key: How have you contributed to the problem?

-What is your purpose for having the conversation?

-What do you want to avoid?

-Why is it important to have this conversation right now?

-What do you hope to accomplish?

-Describe your ideal outcome?

-What is the common ground or mutual interest that you both share?

Prepare to have a discussion and approach the discussion from a place of curiosity.

Starting from a place of curiosity (e.g., give a person the benefit of the doubt) helps to rebuild trust with someone who may have hurt you. Plus, it helps to create a mutual understanding about finding solutions which benefit the both of you. Also, take a few moments to imagine you don’t know anything about this person or situation. Sometimes this can help you see things from another person’s perspective and assess their needs at the time.

Watch your tone and be aware of your verbal and non-verbal communication.

For instance, typing on your computer or scrolling through emails or your social media feed while speaking to someone, sends the message that you don ‘t value a person’s time or what they have to say. 

Strive to ask more open-ended questions. Here are a few examples:

I’d really like us to get to a place where we can ______________ and avoid__________. When ___________ occurred, I felt like _____________. Can you help me understand why (describe the problem and the outcome) ________________. Take note, the more you show interest in learning about the other person’s perspectives the better chance you have at reaching a positive outcome and mutual agreement. Here’s the thing, you don’t have to agree, but validating that their views are just as important as yours sets the tone for respect and a new way ahead.

I’d like to see if we might reach a better understanding about ___________. I value you as ___________so I really want to hear your feelings about this and share my perspective as well. What are your thoughts about _________?

I notice we have different views about _____________________. So, I’d like to hear your thoughts about____________ .What challenges are you having with____________? What part of__________ makes you uncomfortable? How can we work more effectively as a team?

If we considered __________, what does success look like for you? What are the top two things you’d like to see from me?

To make sure you understand the person correctly, restate what has been said—this also sends the message that you’re actively listening to them.

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Hair Accessories for Grown Women: What’s Appropriate for Work, Play, and Beyond?

hair accessories for grown women

Because everything old is new again, scrunchies, headbands, and claws are back in style and being offered as hair accessories for grown women, and I can’t wait to hear readers’ thoughts on them. I know some people have always been Team Scrunchie; I myself have always been Team Claw (and of course, the old black Ouchless elastic I wear on my wrist pretty much every waking hour). But there are strong opinions about this! Are you going to give headbands a whirl in 2018? Are some of the more decorative options (like the goldish star claw) just not appropriate for most women over a certain age (like 16)? For those of you who have strong opinions FOR hair accessories, which stores make the best hair accessories in terms of comfort, durability, price, look, etc?

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(Pictured above, all from Free People because I happened to be browsing the site: kimono clip / scrunchie / claw / headband. And for those of you who are on Team Drugstore Elastic, do you prefer Goody Ouchless or Scünci? Has anyone tried “Amazon choice” of Munax?)

For my $ .02, I probably will give headbands a whirl again — but only with ones I already own. I’ll probably skip the scrunchies just because I don’t think my round face shape looks particularly great with a low ponytail, and I feel like that’s where scrunchies excel. I’ve always like claws for comfort and an easy half-up-do or (with a huge claw) a French twist — but those tend to be bad hair days for me so I probably don’t want to try more attention to my hair with something really decorative.

Looking for more sedate options for hair accessories for grown women? Ann Taylor, J.Crew, and Nordstrom (particularly from these two drool-worthy brands) have a ton of similar styles.

Ladies, let’s hear from you — what are your thoughts on hair accessories for grown women? What looks do you wear the most for work and play — what products are you excited about to be back in style?

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The Hunt: The Best Ankle Boots for Work

the best ankle boots for workSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Even though it’s been so warm lately, boots season will be upon us soon — so if you’re hunting for the best ankle boots for work, this roundup is for you. For this Hunt we’re focusing on low-heeled or flat options that are really walkable. Readers, do you have a favorite pair of ankle boots for work right now, or are you eyeing one in the store? Do you still feel like the Chelsea style is a classic, or do you prefer some of the newer iterations of ankle boots?

best ankle boots for work - TOMSIf you’re on the hunt for a classic Chelsea style and the Edelman boots that have been around for eons don’t work for you, I like the look of these affordable $ 99 boots from TOMS. They have a ton of great reviews at Nordstrom, come in four colors, sizes 5-12, and regular and wide widths.   TOMS
best ankle boots for work - ann taylorI love the teensy little block heel on these cute boots from Ann Taylor. They’re $ 198 full price, but AT is offering 40% off all full-price styles today — so they come down to $ 118. Nice.  Jocelyn Suede Booties
best ankle boots for work - Marc FisherWe featured these booties in leopard print a few days ago, and I love both the price point ($ 135 on sale) and the subtle texture to the leather that I’m including them again. They’ve got 149 positive reviews at Nordstrom, as well as a ton of good reviews at Zappos — where if you don’t like the slightly pebbled look here, they’ve also got them in a black patent and a “black leather snake” for $ 160-$ 178. Pictured, for $ 135: ‘Yale’ Chelsea Boot
best ankle boot for work - banana republicI suppose the Chelsea bootie BR has right now fits more with the spirit of the post, but I really like these low block heel booties, and think that they look pretty darn walkable as well with the sturdy 2.5″ block heel. They’re available in the black leather pictured as well as navy suede and “sand” suede in sizes 5-12. They’re $ 168. (Note that everything at BR is “buy one get one: half off everything” which is a nice deal if you’re looking to stock up on something basic in multiple colors.)  Low Block Heel Bootie (BR)
best ankle boots for work - JCrewI always like J.Crew’s shoe choices, and these cap-toed ankle boots from the brand look sleek and walkable. They were $ 258 full price, but for “today only” they’re offering 40% off everything, which brings the ankle boots down to $ 155. They also come in a fun faux snakeskin. Pictured:  Cap-toe ankle boots
best ankle boots for work - AquataliaThese suede booties from Aquatalia are super low, super waterproof, and for some reason look very sleek to me. They’ve got 14 rave reviews at Nordstrom, and are best sellers at Bloomingdale’s, and are our splurge pick for today: they’re $ 495. They’re also available in espresso and navy suede, as well, at both Zappos and Nordstrom. Ulyssa Weatherproof Bootie

 

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How Much Do You Spend on Work Clothes?

how much do you spend on your work clothesHere’s a fun topic that we haven’t discussed in eons: How much do you spend on work clothes (as in, prices for individual clothing items)? What’s an average price you’re happy to pay for a pair of pants — for a sheath dress — for a blazer? I’m looking over my original answers from our original discussion on how much do you spend on clothes, and I’m a bit surprised I’m updating some of them:


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Pants: $ 40–$ 200. There are a ton of great pants for $ 50 now, from Everlane to J.Crew Factory to Uniqlo to Express/Loft type stuff. Sales can still be had — I just got a pair of pants at Banana Republic for $ 11 a few weeks ago, although they were floral ankle pants, so kind of on the “fun” side of things. Of course everyone loves the Eileen Fisher magic pants, usually around $ 168, and a tailored wool pant like Lafayette 148 New York or something will obviously be more.

Skirts: $ 30–$ 300. I feel like I always see great deals on skirts these days, and there are a ton of reader favorite options for pencil skirts for work at really affordable prices.

Blouses/tops: $ 15–$ 60, or $ 125–$ 250. I’m putting two price ranges here because I think the first price range is the “normal” price I’d pay for a blouse or top for work, and the second price range would be the “oooh, want” price — where the blouse has an absolutely amazing pattern or is from a designer I’ve wanted for eons or something special. I’ve definitely seen them for more than $ 250 but probably wouldn’t pay that for a simple blouse. (Everyone’s favorite NYDJ blouse is often down to around $ 50, and the reader favorite Loft blouse is $ 59 full price.)

Sweaters: $ 100–$ 300. Personally, this is where a lot of my money goes — I’ve always preferred cashmere or merino or blends because they’re soft, durable, and pretty warm, whereas a lot of the more affordable cotton blends I’ve had haven’t done any of those things. I’d say that at this point in my life, having small kids means that there are definitely a lot of easy-to-wash, $ 15–$ 20 sweatshirts for weekend wear with the kids where I can just throw them in the washer and not worry, but my “nice sweater” collection is generally more expensive. (Also remember that because I’ve been building a sweater collection for years now, I can afford to stalk nicer sweaters on sale, so that helps.)

Dresses: $ 40–$ 300. The only reason that first number is so low is because I’ve gotten some great Lands’ End dresses at some really nice sale prices. For a basic sheath dress there are so many great options that I’d put the average price around $ 175–$ 250.

Suits: $ 200–$ 600. Something I was surprised at when we did our last roundup of the best women suits of 2018 was how the average price seems to have somewhat fallen — the first two categories were below $ 500 and there are a TON of options in there. (And honestly most of the suits in the next category, the $ 500–$ 1000 one, often go on sale so you can pick up a suit for under $ 500.)

Bags: I’m always fascinated to see how this is a hugely social decision — most women I know stick to a pretty narrow price range that their friends and family also buy in. Personally, I still tend to think of a “good” bag as costing between $ 200–$ 800 when new, but I’ve gotten some great deals on bags (including a recent $ 160 charity auction purchase of a Bottega Venetta!) that I consider myself lucky.

Jewelry: $ 20–$ 150 for a “spur of the moment” purchase, $ 150+++ for a planned purchase. I’ve been refreshing my jewelry collection of late and have found some great things on Etsy for under $ 80. I also like a lot of older Alexis Bittar pieces, so whenever I see one on Poshmark or whatever I snap it up if it speaks to me or fills a hole (like I was recently looking for a large red pendant necklace because I decided I need more red in my life). I tend to focus on necklaces these days, as I’ve avoided earrings for years because the kids yanked them, and I never quite got in the habit of mixing metals with my platinum wedding rings. I think I’ve mentioned this before, also: I have a lot of regret for the semi-precious and precious “good” jewelry I bought in my 20s at places like Macy’s — 98% of it never sees the light of day, but is worth next to nothing on the resale market.

How about you guys: How much do you spend on clothes for work? What’s the average price for you for specific items of clothing?

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‘Hard Work, Patience and Faith’

Greg Lee had a gift for communicating and bringing people together that came naturally to the Riverside, California, television personality.

That changed dramatically in late 2015, when the Kaiser Permanente member began experiencing flu-like symptoms and developed hydrocephalus, a dangerous swelling of the brain.

Lee was diagnosed with West Nile Virus and admitted to the hospital, where physicians induced a coma to prevent permanent brain damage. More challenges lay ahead, as Lee suffered cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

“He was the most severe West Nile patient we’ve seen,” said internal medicine specialist Quang Minh Dao, MD.

“Our entire team came together to surround Greg with all of the specialty knowledge that was needed to get him through this,” said Timothy Jenkins, MD, medical director and chief of staff for Kaiser Permanente’s San Bernardino Service Area. “That team included intensive care physicians, infectious disease specialists, cardiologists, and neurologists, all communicating with one another seamlessly through our integrated system of care.”

When he woke from his coma, “Greg basically had to start from scratch,” said his fiancée Gina Villasenor. “He had to relearn how to eat, talk and walk.”

Now two years into his recovery, Lee credits his progress to “hard work, patience and faith” — and the exceptional care he received.

“Kaiser Permanente has always been there for me. They brought me back to life,” he said.

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